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Economic & Workplace Conditions for Women

The Trouble with Women

The Trouble with Women is from McGraw-Hill Film's plant supervisor's problem series about the good points and drawbacks of women factory workers. 1959.

The Willmar 8: A Film About Working Women.

Tells about the eight women who went on strike in Willmar, Minn., because of employment discrimination. Tells how they formed their own independent union and that even though they lost, they found new strength. 1977. 55 min. 3/4" UMATIC.

The Workplace Hustle.

Explores the issue of sexual harassment of women in the workplace. Features Lin Farley, an expert on the topic, and actor Ed Asner. 1980. 30 min. 3/4" UMATIC.

There's No Such Thing as Women's Work.

Gives a history of women's roles in the American work place, from the colonial period up to the present. Washington, D.C.: Women's Bureau, U.S. Dept. of Labor ; National Women's History Project. 198?. 30 min. [preservation copy]

Trade Secrets: Blue Collar Women Speak Out.

Four women, an ironworker, welder,sprinkler fitter, and electrician reveal how their lives changed when they entered into the traditional male world of skilled crafts.1985. 23 min.

Transnational Tradeswomen

Former construction worker Vivian Price spent years documenting the current and historical roles of women in the construction industry in Asia. She discovered that in many parts of Asia women have been doing construction labor for centuries, but development and the resulting mechanization are pushing them out of the industry. Shows that technological progress does not always result in gender equality or the alleviation of poverty. Directed by Vivian Price. 2006. 62 min.

Triangle Fire

The fire that tore through the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City on March 25, 1911, was the gruesome culmination of years of unrest in America's most profitable manufacturing industry. Two years earlier, led by a spontaneous walkout in the same factory, twenty thousand garment workers, in the largest women's strike in American history, took to the streets of New York to protest working conditions. They gained the support of both progressives and leading women in New York's society. Directed by Jamila Wignot.

Type/caste: A Secretary with a Camera

Although the early 20th century "working girl" epitomized independence and modernity, by the end of the century the "secretary" had become the symbol of female subservience. This innovative documentary was shot and edited over a period of several years by a secretary working in downtown San Francisco. Loosely structured as a "day in the life" of a secretary, the film is a funny and compelling look inside the traditional female role in the American workplace.

Union Maids.

Presents an adaptation of the book entitled Rank and file by Alice Lynd, about the American labor movement in the 1930's. Relates the personal experiences of three militant women who tried to organize laborers in this period. Each recalls the Depression and the intolerable conditions through which they lived and worked. They discuss the role of women in labor unions then and now, the relationship to the Women's Liberation Movement, and the future of labor unions in the United States. A film by Julia Reichert. Dist.: New Day Films. 1976. 48 min.

We Dig Coal, a Portrait of Three Women.

Shows how, through courage, determination, and persistence, Mary Louise Carson, Bernice Domroski, and Marilyn McCusker won jobs in a man's world as coal miners in Pennsylvania. 1981. 58 min.